My mom and I are teaching a really fun Sunday school class this quarter called The Princess Within.  It’s for girls ages 10-18 and the topics include self-esteem, purity, etiquette, body care, and a whole slew of other “girly” topics.  We have an amazing group of girls at our church, and I’m really excited about this class!

We decided to decorate the area in shades of pink and green and make it as girly as possible.  Here’s a shot of the focal point of the room.

Looks like a girly explosion doesn’t it?  It was so much fun!  In the coming days, I’ll show you more of the room and how to make all the little parts of it.

Today I’ll show you how to make these rosey balls!  I’ve seen them on some other blogs before.  You can find two really great tutorials for them at The House of Smiths and The Idea Room.  They are really easy to make, they just take some time.  And patience.  And fingertips of steel – I’m missing half of my finger print on my index finger because of these.

First up you get a roll or two of crepe paper, a styrofoam ball, and 1000 hot gun glue sticks.  Then you tear the paper into strips.  I just eyeballed it and tore them into some long strips and some into medium strips.  Eventually I measured them so I could tell you how long they were – the medium strips were 30-ish inches and the long ones were 34-ish.  Very scientific.

I tore up several strips and then placed them in a messy pile so I would grab them randomly.  This helped make sure all the roses were different sizes all over the ball.

Then you grab a strip and crinkle it up.

The crinklier the better.

After it’s all good and crinkly, lay it out and lightly fold over the edge.

Then grab an end of the paper, cry because your cuticles look really sad, and then roll the paper around itself.  This makes the center of the flower, so it looks good if you roll it tightly.

After you roll it around for a bit, put a dab of hot glue on it.  Now you start twisting it as you roll.  See the twists in the flower?  After you’re all done, those twists look like little petals.  I put little hot glue globs on it every now and then to keep it together.

Look!  It’s looking like a flower!!  Hooray!

When you reach the end of your paper, glue it to the bottom of the flower to keep it from unraveling.  Then you’re ready to glue it to the styrofoam ball!

The hot glue melts the styrofoam, so you have to put a lot of it on there to get the first few flowers to stick.  After the first few, you can glue each flower to the sides of the others and not have to put so much glue on the styrofoam.

Do this a gazillion times, and voila!  You have a rosey ball.  To hang it from the ceiling, we just pinned the ribbon to the top of the ball with those huge T pins.

I loved this project!  When I first started, the roses looked hideous.  But after awhile you get the hang of it.  And you learn how to smoosh the ugly flowers to make them look a bit better.  This is definitely one of those crafts that you want to have a few good movies to watch while working.  It doesn’t take a lot of concentration, it’s just kind of slow going.

Have any of you made these before?  I’d love to know and even see pictures!


Well, I hope you all have an amazing weekend!  I’m oh so glad it’s here.  Sleeping in on Saturday is calling my name!  And if you get a second, say a little prayer or twelve hundred for Timothy and I.  Our first request starts with a “j” and ends with an “obs” and the second one starts with a “d” and ends with a “ryer.”  :)

Thank you all so much for taking the time out of your day to read my blog.  Your comments make my day.  I seriously love you all!


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4 Responses to A Rosey DIY

  1. Rachel says:

    I love your decorations!! :) The classroom looks very girly! I’ve made roses out of tissue paper before… in a very similar way. I made them for a diaper cake for a baby shower though. It was a lot of fun! Mine didn’t look half as pretty as yours though.But it was better then buying flowers… and I already had the tissue paper, lol, score!
    Anyways -I Love reading your blog! You’re so creative:)Love you!

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